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OS X Mountain Lion Portable Genius by Dwight Spivey

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Setting iTunes Preferences

iTunes preferences is where you tell iTunes how to interact with you, as well as with items such as iPods, iPads, iPhones, and Apple TV. Let’s explore these preferences because they determine how iTunes functions to best suit your needs. Choose iTunes→Preferences to get started.

General

The General tab lets you change the name of your library, choose what items are shown in the Source pane (such as Ringtones, Ping, Podcasts, and so on), adjust the size of the text in the Sources list and for items in your library when in List view, adjust the background when in Grid view, determine how iTunes should react when a CD is inserted, and specify whether to automatically check for updates.

Playback

The Playback preferences, shown in Figure 11.3, determine how iTunes plays your music and videos.

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11.3 The Playback preferences allow you to listen to music and watch movies and television shows the way you want.

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Selecting the Sound Check option is a good idea. This prevents you from listening to one song that may have a lower volume level and then having your eardrums blown out by another song with a much higher volume level. Sound Check evens all the volume levels of items in your library so that there are no surprise attacks.

Sharing

The Sharing preferences, ...

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